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Born: Dec 13, 1935

Date of Passing: Dec 16, 2020

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It is with sadness that we announce the death of a cherished husband, father, and grandfather, Gerald Ziprick, 85, of Oakbank, Manitoba, Canada, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at the Kin Place Personal Care Home.
Lovingly remembered by his surviving family, his wife Freda; and their four children, Gregg (Teryl, Tanner, Travis), Glenn (Lene, Braden, Miranda), Nancy Ziprick Baert (Derek, Dylan, Melissa), Sheri Goecke (Kevin, Mikayla (Craig), Andrew, Juliana); as well as his extended family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Adolph and Julia; brother Phil; and sisters, Margaret and Ada.
Gerald was born on December 13, 1935 in Inglis, Manitoba. In his teens, he and his mother Julia moved to Winnipeg, where he attended Gordon Bell High School. He and Freda were married July 20, 1959. They relocated to Pointe du Bois, Manitoba where he worked for Winnipeg Hydro, and they would start their family. They would move back to Winnipeg (Windsor Park) after he started his career with the Winnipeg Fire Department from 1962 to 1992, where he would eventually retire as captain. He and Freda have called the Oakbank area home, for the past 46 years.
Dad was a loving husband, father to his children and grandchildren. He was loved by many who knew him. He would light up a room with his charismatic and strong personality. He was a humbled, hardworking, proud, generous and a humorous man. He lived his life with amazing strength and courage, and instilled these traditional values in us.
We would like to sincerely thank the staff at the Beausejour Hospital and Kin Place Personal Care Home that provided support to him and to our family during Dad's last years.
Due to Covid restrictions, a family service has been arranged, and interment and celebration of his life will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Beausejour Hospital "TV" fund, P.O. Box 1614, Beausejour, MB R0E 0C0, as this really helped to pass the time and brought him some joy and laughter, during the two years he was in their care, or Defeat (MSA) Multiple System Atrophy Canada, 208-3041 Dougall Ave., Windsor, ON N9E 1S3.

Family and friends are encouraged to leave condolences and share memories by visiting Gerry's memorial page at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Gerald Ziprick. May the Angels welcome Gerald to Paradise. Thank you for including us in your arrangements. We continue to fight on behalf of all our beloved ones lost to MSA. Philip Fortier Director, Defeat MSA Canada - Posted by: Philip Fortier (Director, Defeat Multiple System Atrophy Canada) on: Feb 09, 2021

  • To all the Zipricks, Iam truly sorry to hear of Geralds passing.I had the pleasure of working with Gerry for 2 years.He had a smile that could light up any room,and a wonderful personality. I was lucky enough to meet the Ziprick family and see what a terrific family he has. I have many fond memories of Gerald and just wanted yous all to know Iam thinking of yous all. Bonnie - Posted by: Bonnie Holigroski (Rehab Aide) on: Jan 06, 2021

  • Always a gentleman. Gerry was highly respected as a competitive curler and firefighter. My condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Ken Sim (Co-worker & fellow curler) on: Jan 01, 2021

  • Our heartfelt condolences to you all. Uncle Gerry truly was a great man. Not only a pillar of society as a fireman, but a strong cornerstone of our families. There are 100's that stand with you in your grief. How blessed we are that we were able to share our lives with him, & have such wonderful memories in our hearts forever. True to his nature, he has gone ahead of us, to ensure all is ready for our future arrival, & reunion. What a party it will be. R.I.P. Uncle Gerry & God bless. Thank you for the wonderful memories, all you did for us all, & continue to watch over us. Love and miss you. xoxoxo Donna Carr/Bill Carson - Posted by: donna carr (niece) on: Dec 23, 2020

  • Freda and family . So very sorry to learn of Gerrys passing . He fought a long and hard battle . Walter and Gerry had some good visits when we had our Xmas luncheons . May he Rest In Peace . - Posted by: Eleanor kotlarchuk (Friend) on: Dec 22, 2020

  • Dear Freda and family, Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Gerry, a loving husband and grandfather. We knew Gerry as a person of exceptional character in all aspects and we were privileged to have been part of his life as friends and neighbors. His wit and sense of humor was infectious. Faith is comforting in knowing that he has only transitioned to a better place. In the end, God saw Gerry getting tired and a cure was not to be, So He put His arms around him and whispered, "Come to Me." A golden heart stopped beating and working hands came to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST!!! With many blessings!!! Sonia and Merv - Posted by: Sonia and Merv Michalyshen (Friends and neighbors) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • Our condolences during this most difficult time. Hoping that great family memories help to bring you peace in the coming days. Sending you hugs, - Posted by: Sandi Edie (Friend to Nancy and former colleague of Freda) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to Nancy and all her family. - Posted by: Brian & Jacqueline Reimer (Old Friends) on: Dec 19, 2020

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